X-E1 B&W vs Film

Started Oct 23, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Tom Schum
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X-E1 B&W vs Film

Here is a non scientific set of comparison shots. Film used was Ilford Delta 100 (ISO 100 black and white 35mm film) developed using the Ilford direct service mentioned in the DPR news feed a few weeks back:


I chose the large scans on the whole roll, resulting in over 500 meg of downloaded image data for 24 exposures (6774x4492). After softening the contrast a small amount I downsized to 3456 pixel width to match the JPG from the X-E1. What we are comparing here is a full frame 35mm image and an APS-C sized digital image.

I processed the X-E1 JPG using the Photoshop Elements "Convert to black and white" tool, in portrait mode believe it or not, because it gave a pretty good contrast range.

The image is of the Herndon, VA historic town hall. Camera used was a Sigma SA-7n 35mm SLR using the Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM.

The film image has excellent detail and even grain, while the digital image seems to be better: no noise or grain and just as much detail.  There is a certain character in the film shot, particularly evident in the bricks near the door of the town hall, which I think is better than the digital version but otherwise the digital version looks pretty good to me.

I'm interested to know your opinions since I haven't shot a whole lot of digital B&W so far.

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